Gods & Generals
written by Ronald F. Maxwell, from the book by Jeff Shaara
"Stonewall" Jackson: Colonel Stuart, if I had my way we would show no quarter to the enemy. No more than the redskin showed your troopers. The black flag, sir. If the North triumphs, it is not alone the destruction of our property, it is the prelude to anarchy, infidelity and the ultimate loss of free and responsible government on this continent. It is the triumph of commerce, banks and the factory. We should meet the Federal invaders on the outer verge of just and right defence, and raise at once the black flag. No quarter to the violaters of our homes and firesides. Our political leadership in Richmond is too timid to face the reality of the coming war. They should look to the Bible. It is full of such wars. Only the black flag will bring the North quickly to their senses and rapidly end the war.
Stuart: Well, one way or the other, we will give then a warm reception.
Jackson: You will be in charge of the cavalry in the Harper's Ferry district. Your experience and your zeal will be invaluable.
(Stuart salutes, starts to walk away, then stops and turns around.)
Stuart: And Colonel, know that I will always tell my men to charge towards the enemy, but trot away.
(Stuart returns to his horse, leaving Jackson with a big smile.)
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